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Courtesy: J. Meric
Bulls in the Pros: Mende Making Noise

By TOM ZEBOLD

USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - Former Bull Sam Mende's bat continues to make noise in the minor leagues.

The Colorado Rockies' 31st round draft pick in 2011 is hitting .292 with nine homers and 55 RBIs in 86 games for the Asheville Tourists of the Class-A South Atlantic League.

Mende hit .307 during the first half of the season and made the SAL Midseason All-Star Game. The former Clearwater Central Catholic star continues to punish left-handed pitching (.367, 6 HR, 25 RBIs) and he's proven to be dangerous on the base paths (18 steals).

Mende finished off his USF career in stellar fashion in 2009-10 when he hit .308 with 11 homers and 65 RBIs.

Here is a look at how former Bulls are faring in pro baseball this season:

Name Organization Position League (Level) Team Stats
Austin Adams L.A. Angels P Pioneer (R) Orem 3.26 ERA, 3 SV
Andrew Barbosa Arizona P Midwest (A) South Bend

2-2, 3.81 ERA, 26 IP

Jeff Baisley   3B     Recently released
Juan Carlin L.A. Angels P Midwest (A) Cedar Rapids 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 2 IP
Randy Fontanez N.Y. Mets P S. Atlantic (A) Savannah 2-4, 5.20 ERA, 45 IP
Stephen Hunt Cincinnati RF California (A) Bakersfield .205, 12 RBIs
Devin Ivany Washington C Eastern (AA) Harrisburg .229, 3 HR, 13 RBIs
Sam Mende Colorado SS S. Atlantic (A) Asheville .292, 9 HR, 55 RBIs
Addison Maruszak Yankees 1B Eastern (AA) Tranton .202, 12 HR, 42 RBIs
Jimmy Moran Cincinnati P Pioneer (R) Billings 1-1, 2.76 ERA, 20 Ks
Danny Otero S.F. P Pac. Coast (AAA) Fresno 4-4, 3.19 ERA, 48 IP
Kevin Quackenbush San Diego P California (A) Lake Elsinore 3-1, 0.72 ERA, 21 SV
Shawn Sanford S.F. P California (A) San Jose 5-7, 5.66 ERA, 44 Ks
Eric Sim S.F. C Pac. Coast (AAA) Fresno Recently reassigned
Derrick Stultz Arizona P Northwest (A) Yakima 0.93 ERA, 9.2 IP
Andrew Longley Detroit C GCL (R) GCL Tigers .245, 9 RBIs




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